A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: Join us for fun, contests and discussions on Craftster's Facebook page!
Total Members: 313,591
Currently Running With Scissors:
194 Guests and 1 User
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Chainless Foundation tutorial using (US) dc stitches (10 pics!)  (Read 7894 times)
Tags for this thread: tutorial , crochet_stitch_tutorial , chainless_foundation  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Yarn Hacker
Offline Offline

Posts: 3028
Joined: 01-Nov-2006

Smells like chicken!

View Profile WWW
« on: January 03, 2010 02:05:09 PM »

"What's wrong with base chains?" you may be asking.  Nothing, really.  They are quite useful most of the time.  In fact, they don't really make a difference most of the time.  Sometimes, though, they're quite annoying.  

For example, base chains aren't particularly stretchy.  This is a good thing if you want a nice, solid base to work with, and less so if you're making, say, clothing.  

Base chains are kind of annoying to work into; even the most advanced crocheters spend way more time working the first row into the base chain than they do working any other row in their project.

The reason this tutorial is coming up now is because base chains are at their most annoying when working with variegated yarn.

I give you this example:

This is from the pattern for a motif I made recently.  I made the first one the regular way, with a bunch of chains, then a dc worked into each chain.  The second one was made using the method I'm about to describe.  

If you look closely, you can see, very clearly, the base chain on the first example.  The colours don't match the stitches of the first row.  I imagine there are some projects where this won't matter (I can't think of any off hand, though...), but in this one it's quite obvious.  If I'd made all of my strips that way, my motif would have looked quite odd.

I made all of my strips like the second example, and they look quite nice.  Notice how the colours all match up.  Purple on top of purple, dark teal on top of dark teal.

Here's how I did it:

ch1, no-turning-chain-dc (or ch4, if you wish) :

yo, insert hook into first ch made, pull up a loop (just as you normally would to make a dc) 3 loops on hook:

yo and pull through one loop (ch made), 3 loops on hook:

Finish the dc stitch as normal; yo, pull through 2 loops, yo, pull through 2 loops. 1 loop left on hook:

Here's the "tricky" part.  yo, and insert hook in the ch you made at the bottom of the last dc.  I inserted my hook under both arms of the ch to make for a pretty bottom edge:

Pull a loop through:

yo and pull a loop through the first loop on hook (ch made) :

Finish dc as normal:

Keep doing this until you get the number of dc stitches you need (did I mention this method is excellent for when you don't feel like counting chains? It's the base chain and first row done all at once!).  

Basically just start your stitch as you normally would, but once all of the loops are on the hook, do a ch-1 in the first one, then work the stitch off as normal, and work the next stitch into that ch-1 you made.

« Last Edit: January 03, 2010 02:09:03 PM by fantasticmio » THIS ROCKS   Logged

never admit defeat, just say it was artistic licence
Offline Offline

Posts: 4384
Joined: 08-Feb-2008

do what you love, love what you do

View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2010 03:17:58 PM »

huh, thats kind of cool. Good job!


glitter it, no seriously, just add glue and glitter, no one will notice
Offline Offline

Posts: 2326
Joined: 26-Jul-2005

Inspiration without application is moot.

View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2010 05:02:25 PM »

Clear, simple to understand directions.

We should bottle you up and sell you.

Crafty Butterfly
Offline Offline

Posts: 456
Joined: 02-Jan-2011

Everythin's shiny Cap'n

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2011 04:14:47 AM »

That's pretty nifty. I've done a foundation row with sc before but not dc. I'm eager to give it a try and having clear directions will definitely help.

Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Pom Pom Shades
February 21, 2018 Featured Projects
Tute Tuesday: Ribbon Scarf

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2018, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.